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NMU’s Bratrud, Michigan Tech’s Irwin named CCSA skiers of the week

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Kyle Bratrud of Northern Michigan University and Deedra Irwin of Michigan Tech have been named CCSA skiers of the week for their performances at US Nationals in Houghton, Michigan. Bratrud was outstanding at US Nationals, winning the 15 kilometer freestyle race overall to take home his first national title. His race left little doubt about his ability this season; he took first place by an incredible 50 second margin. Bratrud’s success continued in the 30 kilometer classic mass start race. The inspired NMU senior led the race for much of the distance to finish third overall in a fiercely contested sprint to the finish. Michigan Tech’s Deedra Irwin put together a set of excellent sprint races at US ...

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Frankowski, Schwencke named Central Region Athletes of the Year; Jorgenson and Fjeldheim take coaching honors

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Northern Michigan's Rosie Frankowski and Fredrik Schwencke have been voted the Central Region's Women's and Men's Athlete of the Year, respectively, by the CCSA coaches, the conference announced Monday. In addition, St. Olaf coach Tom Jorgenson collected the Women's Central Region Coach of the Year recognition, while NMU head coach Sten Fjeldheim earned the same honor on the men's side. Frankowski earned the region's top honor after writing a magnificent final chapter to her Northern Michigan career. The one-time walk-on was the national runner-up in the 15K skate race at the NCAA Championships, earning first-team All-American status. Frankowski also took sixth in the 5K classic race at nationals (good for a second-team All-American trophy), and also ...

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NMU’s Cartwright, St. Scholastica’s Ahmed earn Skier of the Week honors; Fjeldheim named CCSA Coach of the Year

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For their contributions at the NCAA Central Region Championships last weekend, Northern Michigan's George Cartwright and the College of St. Scholastica's Sharmila Ahmed have taken home the season's final CCSA Skier of the Week honors, the conference announced Saturday. A fifth-year senior for the Wildcats, Cartwright played a vital role in helping NMU to secure the men's and overall team titles over the weekend. The Wyoming native opened his stay in Houghton with a fifth-place finish in the men's classic race (second-best on the team) before finishing as the top collegiate skier the mass start skate race, topping the rest of the CCSA field by more than 21 seconds. Cartwright's efforts helped Northern Michigan to ...

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St. Scholastica’s Allen, Schommer named CCSA skiers of the week

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St. Scholastica swept the CCSA skier of the week awards, as the Saints' Sarah Allen and Paul Schommer collected conference honors for their performances at Mt. Itasca last week. Allen etched her name into the St. Scholastica history books by becoming the school's first women skier to win an NCAA qualifying event. The hard-working senior topped the podium in the Mt. Itasca 5K classic race, going 1-2 with teammate Anita Kirvesniemi to lift the Saints to their first-ever team victory in an event where perennial powerhouse Northern Michigan was present. Allen followed that up with a team-best seventh-place finish in the 5K skate on Saturday. Coming into the season with just one previous CCSA top ...

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Alice Flanders, Kyle Bratrud collect conference honors

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For their performances at the Telemark Chase over the weekend, Michigan Tech's Alice Flanders and Northern Michigan's Kyle Bratrud have been named the CCSA skiers of the week, the conference announced Wednesday. Flanders claimed her first win of the season with a dominant performance in the women's 1OK freestyle event at the Telemark Lodge, crossing the line a full 37 seconds ahead of her nearest CCSA competitor. She followed that up with another top 10 finish in the 5K classic, taking ninth, to help the Huskies land a third-place overall team finish on the weekend. Thanks to her impressive results, Flanders currently sits third on the CCSA's overall points list. Bratrud, meanwhile, helped lift Northern ...

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St. Olaf’s Jake Brown, Alaska’s Nichole Bathe land CCSA skier of the week honors

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After enjoying breakout performances at U.S. Nationals, St. Olaf skier Jake Brown and Alaska's Nichole Bathe have been named the CCSA skiers of the week, the conference announced Wednesday. Brown turned plenty of heads at Soldier Hollow, topping the CCSA podium and placing 11th overall in Saturday's 30K mass start skate race against a highly-competitive U.S. Nationals field. The junior from St. Paul, Minnesota also landed among the top ten (seventh) in the region for the 15K classic event as well. "I think it was probably among the best, if not the single best, performance ever for the St. Olaf program at the national level," head coach Tom Jorgenson said. "I won't say I was ...

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St. Scholastica’s Schommer, Alaska’s Konieczny land CCSA skier of the week honors

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The College of St. Scholastica's Paul Schommer and Alaska's Rebecca Konieczny have been named the CCSA skiers of the week, the conference office announced Wednesday. The duo received the awards for their displays of selflessness and character at the NCAA Central Region Championships this past weekend, as both Schommer and Konieczny overcame personal setbacks to help their teams achieve something special. After a breakthrough freshman year in 2012, it's safe to say Schommer's season hasn't quite gone as planned this time by. Sidelined for much of the CCSA season due to illness and competing in just four conference events, Schommer was unable to get back up to speed in time to qualify for his second ...

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Wildcats’ Bratrud, Ross collect CCSA skier of the week honors

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Northern Michigan’s Kyle Bratrud and Jordyn Ross have been named the CCSA skiers of the week, the conference office announced Thursday. The duo played a vital role in lifting the Wildcats to a clean sweep of the CCSA titles at Mt. Itasca, as NMU claimed the men’s, women’s and overall trophies. Bratrud, who has raced a limited CCSA schedule this season while skiing for U.S. Ski Team at the U23 World Championships, picked up right where he left off, claiming a pair of second place finishes at the conference championships. The Minnesota native just missed out on a CCSA individual crown as well, finishing just one second behind teammate Erik Soderman in the men’s 20K ...

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Alaska’s Rjabov, NMU’s Cartwright collect CCSA skier of the week awards

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Alaska’s Marit Rjabov and Northern Michigan’s George Cartwright have been named the Central Collegiate Ski Association’s skiers of the week, the conference office announced Wednesday. It is both student-athletes’ first such award in the 2013 season. Rjabov turned in a convincing performance to win her second straight CCSA sprint title at the conference championships free technique sprint on Saturday. The Estonia native finished second in both her qualifier and semi-final before cruising to a 40-meter victory in the A final. She also helped Alaska place second in the 3 x 5K relay on Sunday, lifting the Nanooks to second place as a team heading into the final weekend of the CCSA Championships. Cartwright, meanwhile, cemented ...

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NMU’s Soderman, St. Scholastica’s Ahmed take CCSA skier of the week honors

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Northern Michigan University’s Erik Soderman and College of St. Scholastica’s Sharmila Ahmed were named the Central Collegiate Ski Association’s skiers of the week, the conference office announced Wednesday. It is both skiers’ first such award of the 2013 season, though it marks the second straight week that St. Scholastica has been represented in the conference awards. The 2012 NCAA champion in the freestyle race, Soderman showed his ability in the classic tracks as well, winning the 10K event at the Saints Invitational by a comfortable 20-second margin. The junior came within a whisker of repeating the feat in Sunday’s mass start freestyle, finishing just behind teammate George Cartwright and Saint Scholastica’s Jeremy Hecker in one ...

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